Heavy Equipment Operator
The National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER) is the credentialing body for the NCCER Heavy Equipment Operator Level 1 certification. The Heavy Equipment Operator program was developed to meet the growing employment demands for equipment operators. This class serves as the first level of training in the Heavy Equipment Operator program. Students will learn the following content: core craft skills, orientation to the trade, heavy equipment safety, identification of heavy equipment, basic operational techniques, utility tractors, introduction to earthmoving, interpreting civil drawings, and using simulator exercises for equipment basic controls, loading and unloading, excavating, and trenching. Students receive hands-on training with using simulators, which replicates real-life operating scenarios through rotation-motion platforms and high-resolution 3D displays for excavator and wheel loader equipment. Hands-on lab schedule on simulators is included. Prerequisite: NCCER Core Craft Skills (typically included with the Heavy Equipment Level 1 certification).
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PURPOSE: The Community College Workforce Alliance works in partnership with Reynolds and Brightpoint Community Colleges to serve students with a fast track to the workforce with training and credentialing programs that can be completed in weeks or months. CCWA offers workforce training and certifications in transportation and logistics, construction and trades, customer service, health care and manufacturing. These programs are supported through state-funded tuition assistance available to all Virginians, making Short-term Training Programs low cost or no cost. Short-term Training Programs also offer career coaching and job connections.
OCCUPATIONAL OBJECTIVES: Short-term Training credentials prepare students for entry-level careers in high-demand occupational fields offering good starting wages - many with benefits and promotion opportunities.
ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS: There are no admissions requirements. Tuition assistance is available to all residents of Virginia, regardless of income. Classes may be free to those qualifying for additional financial aid.
PROGRAM NOTES: In certain industries, prior convictions may prohibit employment. Drug testing and a pre-employment physical may be required for some occupations. Some companies may have minimum age requirements for select positions.